We are NOW the most photographed generation ever, carrying cameras around with us 24/7!
...... BUT, only 1 digital photo is printed in every 100,000 pictures taken. SHOCKING statistics!
I really do have my concerns for this digital generation.
Being a photographer for over twenty years I've lived and worked through the transition from film to digital. When I started out my career after getting my photography diploma as a trainee press photographer the world was a very different place from where it is today.
Here's a little about the past (for those who know nothing about the 'ye olde' analog world)
Apart from professional photographers and enthusiasts using expensive film camera equipment, using their own darkroom or handing their rolls over to a photographic laboratory, everyone else generally owed a point a shoot camera that they only took out at special events and holidays. These film point and shoot cameras generally where loaded with 35mm film in which you had a choice of 24 or 36 exposure film (there were any variations of film cameras over the years but 35mm was king the most used during the 70's, 80's and 90's. People really appreciated photo's and where see as precious and worth keeping save.
As there was a cost of the film as well as the processing price, plus you would have to carry multiple rolls of film, people generally where more careful and selective in what they did and did not shoot.
When you filled up your roll of 24 or 36 shots, you took the exposed roll to the chemist and had the film developed, printed and you would collect them within a few days (5-7 days if you wanted the budget price). The package you received would be an envelope with ALL your 4x6" prints (good & bad) with you film negatives for extra reprint, enlargements and to keep safe for future prints. People would put these prints into photo albums, frames so they and their friends and families could enjoy in their home as well as the many years to come.
Back to the future .... drowning in digital
Digital is cheap. Cameras were everywhere. REAL Photographs don't seem that important now, photography is all around us 24/7 and it's lost it's value somewhat........ But there is no better way to enjoy your life time memories and keep them print safe for the years ahead.
DELETED!! My greatest concern is that in 10 years time this digital generation will not have any records of the amazing moments and memories (not selfies) that are happening in their lives now.